SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30
Scripture: James 5:3,16-18
James 5:3 talks about judgment, “Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire…” And at the end of that chapter in verses 16-18 it says, “Confess your trespasses[e] to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.” What is in between verses 17 and 18? What happened in between was the execution of the prophets of Baal. Why does James say that Elijah was a man with a nature like our own? The point of James 5 is that we are called to do judgment exactly like Elijah did it. The question is, will we? Will we use our faith to restrain evil and gain a harvest? Elijah’s assignment was to restrain the evil in the land and cleanse it of evil. Elijah did his job! Will we do ours?